Why is Mobile App Testing Important for App Development?

A process of testing the Functionality, Consistency, and Usability of a developed mobile application for different companies is known as mobile app testing. Mobile app testing can be Automated or Manual type of testing. The variety of mobile devices is growing every day. Every device has its own whims, GUI’s and processing abilities.

Consequently, Mobile App Testing has become a strategic aspect of every single App Development Process. In the last few years, testing of mobile application has become very important and a point concern for the app development companies. Mobile Testing if done in a proper manner, the number of bugs can be consequently reduced. A proper mobile application testing lets you identify the bugs at the initial stage of the development lifecycle.

Globally, entrepreneurs and companies are gushing to develop mobile applications to capture the vast opportunities for mobile commerce.

Once the developers have fully developed their application it is wise to check whether the app is flawless in performing the various fundamental functions or not. The best personnel id to undertake this is to the expert QA team as they are to scrutinize on the standards and performance of the application. This encompasses assessing the compatibility with the existing infrastructure of the application.

Mobile App Testing Work Flow

To understand the broad aspect of Mobile App Testing it is important to break it down into a specific type of testing for a better understanding.

● Functionality Testing: Ensures the functionality of your application and reduces product issues including integration testing with service providers.

● Automated Regression Testing: Reduces testing resources of the company via automated mobile regression testing on multiple device types and mobile operating systems.

Usability and Compatibility Testing: Verifies the effectiveness of the application, including its operability on different carriers and browsers for various smart phones as well as tablets.

● Connectivity Testing: Test the behavior of an application under a variety of conditions, transitions and states with different connections types i.e. Wi-Fi, 3G, EDGE, etc.

● Compatibility and Certification Testing: To ensure the content, application or mobile website works exactly the same as detailed in requirements. It also ensures software performance under various hardware conditions.

● Performance and Scalability Testing: It prevents tech glitches and bottlenecks as the user-base of the application grow all while delivering a seamless end user experience.

● Performance and Battery Life Testing: Tests the performance and load time to verify that the application runs smoothly on targeted devices under various conditions- all while minimizing battery consumption.

App testing will help in strategizing on how to allocate resources for various activities such as maintenance, marketing, development branding, and launching of an application. When all this is put to use, it will help to minimize costs and maximize the revenue. A recently estimated 2 billion mobile and tablet users made some form of mobile commerce transaction. With out-thrust only indicating an increase in this, there is no turning back on M-Commerce as it is up to the business to capitalize on this venture and generate more revenue.

Why I talk about Context-Driven Testing?

As we know sometimes Testing Practices and Testing Techniques become very rigid and imitation based. So there must be some way by which we can easily shift our testing practices, techniques and even definition as per the circumstances or requirements. This is exactly Context-Driven Testing.

There can be different circumstances with every project we are going to deal with-

●    Requirements can be documented or not.
●    Enough time vs fighting schedules.
●    Tools Availability.
●    Clients Requirements.
●    Selection of best process for the project.
●    Trained employees’ vs untrained employees.
●    Time zone issues between the Development and Testing teams.

The Testing team working on the Context-driven testing are going to select their testing objectives, techniques, and deliverables (contains test documentation); also find out the details of the specific situation, the wishes of the stakeholders, etc.

The utmost priority of it is about doing the best with what we are having in our pocket. In Spite of applying “Principal practices and industrial testing standards”, we can accept each and every different practice or even different definition which can work best under different circumstances.

Basic principles of Context-driven testing –

●    The actual return of any practice is directly dependent on its context.
●    In context, there are good practices but not best practices.
●    How people are working together is very much important.
●    Over time, project unfolds in many ways, which are often not predictable.
●    The product is a kind of solution, if the problem doesn’t solve, the product doesn’t work.
●    Good Software testing is challenging deep thinking and intensive reasoning task.
●    Can we do the correct work at the correct time to do productive testing of our products via appropriate judgment, skill, and unified work?

Some testers may favor life-cycle models and organizational models. Let’s consider the V-model; it is a kind of disjunction between Testing group and Development group, here the testing team demand for all code along with detailed specifications. Context-driven testing has no room for this kind of philosophy. Also, agile development is related to a particular set of values that belong to only one kind of context. Context-driven testing is far broader than that. Testers get what they get, and they know how to cope with what comes their way. More importantly, a tester is basically a customer advocate. Testers should try their best to understand the customer position and make the best case when they feel it isn’t being addressed.

So the final call will be before ensuing Context-Driven testing, we should ask our self –

●    Do we value more in individuals rather than their interactions over processes or tools?
●    Do we value more in seeing working software over documentation?
●    Do we value more in responding to change over following the plan?

Expert testers can better explore how the product should work from a user’s point of view, and identify and address barriers that prevent users from fully adopting or accepting the product.

Context Driven Testing is not for every organization, and it’s not a replacement for other forms of testing.